Getting a child to sit and learn is about as easy as sending people to the moon (did it even happen?!). We’re all looking for ways to make learning easier, more fun and more engaging for our little ones so here’s a few ‘hacks’ to make the whole experience more enjoyable for all involved.
It has shown to be difficult to get students into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields; so perhaps exposing them to fun, interactive learning experiences as a child can encourage participation in these fields down the line, which in turn will expose them to very high-paying jobs as adults!
A great way to combine exercise and learning, a scavenger hunt around the yard or park can create an excitement to learn. Hide flash cards, toys or even make the objects themselves the basis for learning.
For example, a scavenger hunt to find certain plant life can teach a child about their surrounding area and what to look for or avoid.
READ TO YOUR CHILD
Reading aloud about any educational topic is integral in developing a child’s mind. They love to hear your voice, see pictures and use their imaginations. Like classical music, reading has proven benefits for your child, and it’s always a great way to bond and give one-on-one attention.
Of course food! It seems simple but we can create a connection to learning in the brain with healthy foods. Attaching absorption of nutrients with learning can create a little bit of distraction in a good way. Either as a reward or as a partner to learning, snacks really bridge the gap between ‘no thanks’ and ‘yes please’.
Whether Mentos mixed with Diet Pepsi or showing off the strength of an egg on its edges, the ‘show and tell’ of a simple science experiment can showcase the basics of chemistry and physics in a super fun way.